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Literary Definitions: Vol. 8

Categories: Definitions.
It’s been a good while since I passed
out some definitions, so here is
another batch.  (Click on Definitions
at the bottom of this post to see
the past seven installments.)


Family Saga: A story that chronicles the lives of a family or a number of related or interconnected families over a period of time.

Hook: Aspect of the work that sets it apart from others and draws in the reader/viewer.

Mass Market Paperbacks: Softcover books, usually 4×7, on a popular subject directed at a general audience and sold in groceries, drugstores and bookstores.

Subagent: An agent handling certain subsidiary rights, usually working in conjunction with the agent who handled the book rights. 

Remainders: Leftover copies of an out-of-print or slow-selling book purchased from the publisher at a reduced rate.  Depending on the contract, a reduced royalty or no royalty is paid to the author on remaindered books.

TOC: Table of contents. A listing at the beginning fo a book indicating chapter titles and their corresponding page numbers.  It can also include brief chapter descriptions.  

The Godfather could be considered
a family saga.

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2 Responses to Literary Definitions: Vol. 8

  1. ouis vuitton says:

    I saw on the news that the money they dumped at Shire was fake, to represent the money he had raised. It wasn’t the actual money.

    Er, are you having trouble posting something?

    If you just want to test out the story creation process, you can go all the way up to ‘publish this story’ before it goes live on the site.

  2. Thank you for educating us. It never occurred to me that my series of books is a family saga. I was too focused on the supernatural and love story aspects of it. Now, which one is there a better market for? YA Family Saga or YA Paranormal? :)

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